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So Many Ideas, So Little Time

Do you ever feel overwhelmed with life or with all of the creative ideas that are out there just waiting for you on your Pinterest page?  (If not, you can visit my Pinterest page HERE!)

I'm right there with ya!  This year has been hard for me to not constantly be playing catch up with my home and work life...partly because of these devils cuties, don't get me wrong, I love them, but boy does having a puppy wreak havoc on your calendar.

Golden Retriever Australian Labradoodle

Well, I'm still determined to get back on track and I have been working on some blog articles just for you...but in the meanwhile here's some of my favorite spring projects I'd like to add to my "maybe I'll make this" list.

Crochet cake dome
Crochet Cake Dome from: Daily Fix
 
 
He Has Risen PrintableHe Has Risen FREE Printable from The 36th Avenue
 
 
Wire letters DIY ornament
Personalized Wire Ornaments by Crafts Unleashed

Happy crafting!

 

 

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A little mini-book (with a free tutorial download)

In my last post you I mentioned that I was doing some guest design work for Little Yellow Bicycle...well, here's my newest project, you can read the blog post about it over HERE

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As you can see, it's not a big book but, it's cute & little...the perfect little brag book.

The book itself is constructed with just one sheet of 12" x 12" patterned paper, but you can use other sizes too, like I have with the mini art journal I use in my Art Journaling 101 online workshop (there's a tiny peek of that art journal HERE).  For a limited time you can download the instructions on how to create this mini book HERE, for free!  I also made this video over on Curious so that you can see how it goes together...sometimes seeing it makes more sense.
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Here's the first inside page, I tried to keep them pretty simple and clean...

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And the next...

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And the last one, with my nieces and nephew....
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And here's the last page...
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I can't believe I actually scrapbooked!  Woo-hoo!! 

What crafty projects have you done recently?  Leave me the link below in the comments & I'll stop by and check them out!

 

sponsor: Little Yellow Bicycle

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Valentine's Day Mug Swap (#vdaymugswap)

A few weeks ago I saw that Caroline (Sew Caroline) and Alissa (Rags to Stitches) were hosting a Valentine's Day Mug Swap...well of course I wanted in on that! Fun, fun! So I was matched up with Paulina (Austenland Accessories) and this is what I sent her....

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And then she totally spoiled me and sent me this...

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Cool, eh?!  

It's funny because our tastes are pretty different...she's shabby chic and I'm bold colors & graphic designs...and yet I think we did a pretty awesome job at getting each other a little something to brighten up the day.

InstagramTo check out what other people gave/received look for the #vdaymugswap hashtag on Instagram.  And while you're there, follow me (ErinBassett).

 

 

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"Love" Shadow Box & A Scrapbook Page

Hi everyone, I'm guest blogging today over on the Colorbök blog and sharing a couple of projects I created with the Cloud 9 "Fiesta" collection.

First up is this 5" x 7" shadow box. 

Love Box

 

I made the frame out of some coordinating cardstock that I had cut out using my Silhouette and. Once I put the frame together I then punched out the die-cut alphabet, sanded the edges, and then added some faux stitches with a pen. I popped up the letters with some foam adhesive to give them some dimension.

Oh, and you see that "v"...it used to be an "x"!  Trimmed down it's the perfect size to float above the tail of the "L".
Love Box

 

And of course I had to use one of the fabric flowers and the adorable heart button as an embellishment!
Love Box

Next I created a scrapbook layout about our puppy, Willow. I really like the offset look of the glittered patterned paper I used for the background.

puppy scrapbook page

 

I added the one of the die-cut papers, trimming it to fit, and sewed it to the page.

Puppy Scrapbook Page Close Up

 

I also added some messy stitches to the fabric stickers as well.  
Puppy Scrapbook Page Close Up
So that's my projects!  I'd love to see what YOU have done with this collection.  Leave a comment below with a link to your projects so we can all check them out!

 

Sponsor: Colorbök

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Jazz up your coffee sleeve!

Today's the day I finish up my term on the Faber-Castell guest design team. (Boo-hoo!) I have a blog post up over there with a tutorial on how I upcycled this Starbucks coffee sleeve and altered it to be a bit more artsy!

Jazz up your coffee sleeve!


It was pretty quick to make since they are so small, but I think it really has a big impact! 

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Now I'll always know which coffee is mine.  :)

In other news, guess where I am right now?  Inspiration Unlimited!  I can't wait to tell you all about it next week when I'm home.  It's always so fun to see everyone again...it's kind of like a reunion LOL.  And there's always great projects there too.  So fun!

Also, tomorrow is the last day to enter to win this True Scrap 4 prize...so go enter to win if you haven't already!

 

Sponsor: Faber-Castell

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Mod Podge Rocks! Fabric Covered Books

This blog post was featured on Mod Podge Rocks blog and I'm re-posting it here for all of you.   Also, in more Mod Podge news, I recently had the joy of having one of my projects published in the book Mod Podge Rocks!: Decoupage Your World...it's a great book with so many great ideas in it!

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Hi everyone, today I'm going to share with you a quick project that will really spiff up your home....it's also perfect for you art journalers who like to work in books!

image from www.flickr.com
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I love to use book around my home as part of the decor.  It's a great way to add visual interest and sometimes give a favorite item a boost in it's height.  My only problem is that books covers don't aways "go" with my decor...so here's a great way to change it.

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Just grab some books, Mod Podge (I used a matte finish), fabric, scissors, brayer, and an old hotel room key (or even a piece of cardboard will do), and some paper towels to clean up any excess.

For projects like this I like to put some Mod Podge into a squeezable container so that it's easier to control and I'm less likely to dump out too much.  You can see that I'm not really a "clean" crafter & I already made a mess just transferring it...but I'm sure you'll be much neater about it.  ;)

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Start off by squirting out some Mod Podge all over one side of your book.

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Next use the hotel key to spread it all over.  Make sure that you cover it completely, especially the grove near the spine.

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Then apply the fabric, smoothing it out with your hands and the brayer.  If you happen to see that it's not sticking well somewhere you can add a bit more Mod Podge under the fabric and smooth it down again.

When you're done with one side, flip it over and do the spine and the other side.

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Next, open the book up.  Cut small slits near the spine and trim down the spine piece.

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Then you're ready to adhere the "flaps" down to the inside covers.  Since I am using these as decor I'm not too worried about what it's going to look like on the inside, so I just glued them down with Mod Podge.  If that's going to bother you then you can always cover up the inside cover with another piece of fabric after you glue down the flaps.

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For the corners, I just folded them like I was gift wrapping a box and made sure that they had plenty of Mod Podge in the layers of the fabric. 


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After the edges are adhered, apply some Mod Podge to the spine piece and tuck it down in the spine....you may have to use tweezers or some sort of tool to get it down there if it's tight.
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And that's it!!  They are really quick to make and they don't take too much time to dry either.  

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Go grab those books you have just laying around and get them covered!!

ERIN

 

 

Erin Bassett

 

Erin Bassett writes the blog creativitE and considers it a blessing to be able to call her passion "work". She has been published in many books and magazines including Mod Podge Rocks!: Decoupage Your World. Erin is a craft addict who loves to do something creative every day. Her current loves are mixed media art, scrapbooking, papercrafts, sewing, and screen printing. 

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Grateful

Thanks - by Erin Bassett

Breathing a big, deep, breath of gratitude for such a great time at True Scrap 3 this weekend! I loved that people stepped outside their boxes and got excited about mixed media.  I loved that I was able to share my passion with people and that they got it & learned new techniques that they could use on any type of project they are making...from canvases and art journals to scrapbook pages.  I loved that people wanted to make these projects for their family and friends for Christmas gifts.  And I loved sitting in on other classes too.  So much information, inspiration, and laughs!!!

I told everyone that I'd post some links to other mixed media arts that inspire me....so here it is, in no particular order:

  • Julie Fei-Fan Balzer: You know the Crafter's Workshop stencils I love so much...she designed some of them!  I love the bold color choices in her work and that she shares so much of her process on her blog.  She also has a great series going on right now about Art Journaling everyday.  Oh, and if you ever get the chance to take a class from her in person do it...she's hysterical!  And a fab teacher!!

 

  • Dina Wakely: Dina's art journaling classes are fabulous!  She so thorough with showing the steps and talking you through them....and her videos are great!  Her art always has bold colors too, which is one reason I'm drawn to it!  She also is so good with journaling her present thoughts down onto her work in her wonderful Dina handwriting!

 

  • Connie Hosvicka: We talked a bit in my class about going BIG with your canvases...and Connie does just that...REALLY BIG!!!  One of the things I love about Connie is that she's a yoga instructor so she carries many of the practices of yoga off the mat and into her art studio.  -Plus her voice is really soothing!!  ;)  She offers a bunch of online classes too, some are free too!  

 

I have a ton of other favs too, but these three will surly inspire those of you who are either new or experienced mixed media artist.  (Yes, you are an artist!!)  

I've gotten a lot of emails & social media comments about letting people know when the individual True Scrap 3 classes are available....I will definitely let you know, it will be soon!  Also, I've gotten some questions about prior True Scrap 1 & 2 classes...you can check out (and purchase) those classes individually here:

 

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Also, I want to quickly let you local ladies know about my friend Susie's Leukemia & Lymphoma Society fabulous charity crop coming up August 4th here in SoCal.  You can check out the flyer here.

Susie is raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society right now too! For the next few days (through Sunday, April 29th) a generous friend has committed to match every dollar donated through Susie's website. This is an amazing opportunity for Susie and for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and I'm hoping you are able to help out. Remember that $5 becomes $10, and $25 becomes $50… and if that tax refund is burning a hole in your pocket $100 becomes $200.

Please take a moment to click the link:  http://pages.teamintraining.org/los/nikesf12/scomiw, and make a completely tax-deductible donation if you are able. He will match your donation for 7 more days, so there is lots of time… but why procrastinate?!

Thank you in advance for your help and your generosity!

 

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